Little Stint

Calidris minuta

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Sandpipers, Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Code 4

LIST

Code 6

CALMIA

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Little Stint has a large range, estimated globally at 100,000 to 1,000,000 square kilometers. Native to Europe, Asia and Africa, and introduced to the United States, this bird prefers grassland, wetland, and marine ecosystems and can reside in ponds and irrigated land. The global population of this bird is estimated at 1,400,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Little Stint is Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Little Stint: This medium-sized sandpiper has scaled-brown upperparts and white underparts. The face, neck and breast are rust-brown with black spots. The back has white lines that form a V-pattern in flight. It has a black bill, legs and feet. It feeds by pecking at the surface and probing mud with its bill for small invertebrates. It has a direct flight with rapid wing beats. Sexes are similar.

 

Range and Habitat

Little Stint: Eurasian species. Breeds from Norway to Russian border, winters in Saharan Africa and India; also reported from Canada. Breeds on coastal and island tundra, often with willow scrub; found on sandy beaches, mudflats, and estuaries during winter. Casual to the East and West Coasts, recorded as a vagrant elsewhere.

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Little Stint SONGS AND CALLS

Little Stint A1

Calls from a few birds taking off from a salt pan.

Little Stint Y1

Calls as birds feed along the shore.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"Chit", "tit"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The numbers of the Little Stint depend on the population of lemmings.
  • In poor lemming years, predatory species such as skuas and Snowy Owls will take these birds instead.
  • The male and female may incubate separate clutches.
  • A group of stints are collectively known as a "spell" of stints.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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RANGE MAP HAWAII

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RANGE MAP PALAU

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FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

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Chris Vest

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